Item Number: #576
Production Dates: 1935-1980
Fostoria Glass produced several Torte Plates – all in various sizes. Unlike the Oval Torte Plates, the regular Torte Plates have a round or circular shape. Fostoria produced four different-sized Torte Plates over the years – 14″, 18″, 20″, and 24″ (the largest is considered more rare). It is quite common to see this 18″ Torte Plate used as an underplate for a Punch Bowl set.
In general, dimensions on Torte Plates vary – no matter what size you might have. That is true for any handmade item; however, it is especially true on the Torte Plates. For example, the Torte Plate that is pictured in this post is actually 19″ in size; however, it is considered to be an 18″ Torte Plate. This measurement discrepancy can be confusing, especially when you are trying to determine if it is the 18″ or 20″ size. So, what traits should you be looking for in order to make a correct identification?
Luckily, the 18″ Torte Plate is one of the easiest plates to identify. Unlike the other Torte Plates, it has a large center design – with cubes surrounding the inside rays. The other Torte Plates have only rays in the center of the plate. The mould from the Hotel Cracked Ice is what produced this piece, one of only a few items that have this unique center design.
Another way to identify the 18″ Torte Plate is to take the measurement of the foot. The foot on the 18″ Torte Plate is approximately 7″ (can vary slightly), the largest of all four Torte Plates – even the massive 24″ variation. Between the center design, and the size of the foot, you should have no problem identifying a true 18″ Torte Plate.
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